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Manna House is helping local families in the run-up to Thanksgiving

Huntsville, Ala. (WAFF) – Along with Thanksgiving, inflation is one annoying guest you’ll have to welcome to your desk this year.

Fran Flucher, Director of Manna House, says that rising food prices have increased the need for food aid.

“They’re just facing a lot of challenges economically, and they can’t make it through,” Fluer said. “But they want to have Thanksgiving for their family.”

According to the Farm Bureau, the total cost of traditional ingredients is more than eighty dollars. This is almost 20% more than last year.

Manna House’s needs assessment survey says 71% of people on the waiting list this year had full-time jobs. This is 42 percent more than last year.

This increase is part of the reason why some volunteers decide to help out during the holidays.

“When we go home and celebrate with our family, we have food on our table,” said Rosalie Thurman, “But these people who are crossing the line don’t have food.”

Local parent Ashley Lovelady believes that organizations like this one can put food away this season.

“Food banks are so important – especially at this time of year. I am a single parent with three children. I’m working now but it doesn’t pay much and I’m off food stamps. So you know, it’s good to be able to help the community now. There are a lot of single parents out there who have no help. “

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